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Poster: George Ho Date: Dec 19, 2011 1:53pm
Forum: moviesandfilms Subject: HOW AWFUL ABOUT ALLAN (1970)

There is no proof that this movie is in the public domain. It has the copyright notice, and it was automatically renewed by the Copyright Renewal Act of 1992. According to the 1992 Act, if no registration of original term was made, then the copyright proprietor may register for renewal anytime during renewal and extended term.

If original term was registered by Spelling Entertainment, Inc., then I don't know. I could not find termination of rights by Spelling Television; now corporations by Spelling are owned by CBS, especially since Aaron Spelling's death.

http://www.archive.org/details/HowAwfulAboutAllan

This post was modified by George Ho on 2011-12-19 21:53:09

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 8, 2012 2:46am
Forum: moviesandfilms Subject: Re: HOW AWFUL ABOUT ALLAN (1970)

According to Video-Cellar, it was published without a correct notice:
http://www.archive.org/post/230564/copyright-question

Perhaps the notice was added later, or the notice lacked one of the three required elements. What exactly does the notice say?

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Poster: George Ho Date: Jan 8, 2012 2:13pm
Forum: moviesandfilms Subject: Re: HOW AWFUL ABOUT ALLAN (1970)

© Aaron Spelling Productions, Inc. 1970.

Nevertheless, under Copyright Act of 1909 (http://www.copyright.gov/history/1909act.pdf), the copyright claimant had three months after first publication within the United States to deposit the copy of this work. If the Office does not receive it within the demanded time, the copyright of this work would be voided, and the claimant had to pay $100 plus twice the retail price of the deposit.

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